Tuesday, 24 February 2015


The new uproariously funny stage show, 69 Shades of Black which is coming to Solihull Arts Complex (also Palace Theatre Redditch on 16 April). Starring Steps Star and actress Faye Tozer – it’s the perfect feel-good night out!
Steps Star and actress Faye Tozer will return to the stage in the uproariously funny new comedy, 69 SHADES OF BLACK which will play at the Solihull Arts Complex on Saturday 13 June 2015, as part of a major nationwide tour.
Sassy and saucy with a whip-crackingly riotous script, 69 SHADES OF BLACK is the perfect feel-good girl’s night out.
Boring and vanilla; William Shight’s most interesting trait has always been his snigger inducing name. Up until now that is!
Since landing his dream job at one of the country’s top advertising agencies, things have taken a turn for the shocking. 
‘Christina Black’, the company director, has taken a shine to ‘William’ and attempts to seduce him with an indecent proposal. Overwhelmed by the attention and without friends or family to turn to, he decides seek the advice of the only two men in his life he can trust, the hilariously argumentative Gabriel and Gideon...his conscience. 
William tries in vain to resist but in the end relents and signs a 69 page contract, the one Christina intends to use to make a man out of him.... 
The 20 pages of “don’t” and 49 pages of “do whatever the hell I want” will lead William on the hilariously painful journey of a lifetime.
Faye trained at the Anne Gale School of Dance where she achieved advanced qualifications in all aspects of dance, including Ballet, Tap and modern. She then went on to dance professionally with the Belinda King Dancers for two years, until International success with the phenomenon that was STEPS. During a six year long period, Steps had over 18 top ten hits and four multi platinum albums, overall record sales topped 20 Million and are still rising today!
Steps toured internationally throughout this period, playing many of the world’s largest arenas. They also toured the US supporting Britney Spears. Concerts also include: Party In The Park, T-In The Park, The Welsh Proms and a Concert in Oman for British Troops.
Along with number one singles, albums and tours, Faye also has a wealth of presenting experience. Her credits include: The Pepsi Chart Show, S.M.T.V, Disney Channel Kids Awards, Kids Proms in the Park and The Big Breakfast.At the height of their fame, Steps announced their split. Faye was then to achieve success and acclaim with Russell Watson and their Top Ten Hit “Someone Like You”. This led to an Arena Tour in the UK and New Zealand where she sang to an audience of over 140,000.
Faye made her debut Musical Theatre Tour in “Tell Me On A Sunday”, for which she received excellent reviews. In 2005 she then toured with the hit show “Love Shack” playing the leading role of Bonnie, as well as working in the studio both here and in Los Angeles on her debut solo album. She then went on to star in the West End in “Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens”, playing the leading role of Jubilee Climax.
Faye’s other theatre work includes: Sally in “Me and My Girl” (UK Tour), Sheila Wendice in “Dial M for Murder” (UK Tour), Eva Cassidy in “Over The Rainbow” and Annie in “Rhinestone Mondays”, and  she originated the role of Marion Davies in the new musical “The Tailor Made Man”. 
Most recently she toured in the award-winning “Singin In The Rain” as Lina Lamont.She also appeared in her first film as Lady Godiva in the British feature film “Lady Godiva... Back in the Saddle”.
Faye Tozer will head a cast of four. The show is directed by Michael Courtney with a script by Courtney and Fraser Boyle.  The show is produced by Michael  Courtney Productions. Michael Courtney has produced and directed the UK tours of the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals, Waterloo, Shakin All Over, Its D’Lovely, A Night Of Musicals, over 30 UK Pantomimes and was nominated as the UK Producer of The Year by Encore Magazine.  He is currently on tour in his show, Love Changes Everything.Follow Faye and 69 SHADES OF BLACK @:Facebook:
Twitter: @  shadesofblack15 13 June - Solihull Arts Complex
Box Office telephone number: 0121 704 6962 10.30am-4pm, Mon to Sat.
Ticket prices from: £19.50
Faye can’t wait to get on the road so we asked her a little about the show:
Q: You’re performing as ‘Christina Black’, in the comedy stage show 69 Shades of Black. How did this come about and tell us a bit about ‘Christina’?
Faye: I enjoy playing comedy roles and I thought this would be a really fun show to do, and something totally different from my more recent theatre jobs.  Christina is a successful business woman, the head of an advertising agency, who has taken a shine to her new employee – the hopelessly boring William.  She has a hard-nosed exterior and likes to be in control – but no complicated dark layers like ‘Christian Grey’.  Our show is very light hearted!
Q: Did you read the 50 Shades books?  And are you planning on seeing the movie when it comes out?
Faye: The girls were reading the books (sometimes out loud for a laugh!) during the Ultimate Steps tour between venues, so yes - I am hoping to go and see the movie with my girlfriends when it comes out!
Are you excited to be touring the country? Are there any towns which you are revisiting – and any which you’ll be coming to for the first time?
Faye: I am excited to get back on the road after a short but well earned break! I have played most of the theatres on this tour - I've been around the theatre circuit for over ten years now and I love it. There are a few Scottish venues that will be new to me but it's always nice to visit somewhere new!
Q: What do you like to do to keep busy when you are travelling for work?
Faye: When I'm travelling on tour I love to catch up with film & TV series I wouldn't get to see as we work in the evenings. I also take the opportunity to write and be inspired by my surroundings and the people and events you encounter on the road. It can be quite colourful!

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